Mandy Lucas (Accredited) Counselling and Outdoor Therapy
- Currently taking on new clients, good availability.
- Offer a free 10 minute telephone consultation
- Offering Zoom online sessions or telephone sessions.
- Experienced and Accredited counsellor with 12 years post-qualification experience.
- Work both privately and with a number of Employee Assistance Programmes
Deciding to come to counselling is definitely the first step. It can be a tough decision though! Finding the right therapist for you can feel like a huge challenge. It's worth thinking about how much experience counsellors have, have they worked in private practice for some years or are they fresh out of training. I have over twelve years of post-qualification experience.
I work both indoors and out! I work from a log cabin in my garden (see photos) and I also offer walking therapy.
Coping with the pressures of life can feel overwhelming at times and can leave you feeling there is no time or space left for yourself. It can become increasingly difficult to function on a day to day basis and you may begin to feel a loss of control. This could be due to:
- anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder and panic attacks
- depression, lack of motivation
- work stress, redundancy, retirement
- relationship issues, including separation and divorce
- loss or bereavement
- family issues
- past issues that repeatedly return and affect how we feel
You may feel sad, burdened, lacking in energy and out of your depth. This is the time to get some support for yourself so you can continue to do what you need to do. Counselling can help you to look at things differently and to identify what needs to change. It can enable you to make informed choices and regain the balance.
Being in nature can help us to connect with ourselves in a very different way to being in a room. It is more immediate and can highlight themes we may otherwise be unaware of, such as change, life cycles, loss and renewal. Working outdoors might involve walking, exploring an area or sitting in one place. For some people this is a less intense experience which meets their needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling gained in 2007 and a BA (Honours) Degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Leicester.
In 2018 I completed a Certificate in Environmentally Based Therapy which involved 15 days training in therapeutic work outdoors plus 100 hours online study time.
I have additional training in other models including Transactional Analysis and CBT.
I have worked independently as a counsellor since 2010.
I have twelve years of qualified experience in a variety of settings. These include :
- An NHS Service offering brief therapy for depression, anxiety and other issues
- for Employee Assistance Providers (EAP’s) focusing on work-related issues
- education – working with children and families in schools
- bereavement services
- sexual abuse/violence services
- women's centre
- GP practice - primary care mental health service
- university student/staff counselling service
- independent service for military families
I previously worked in mental health services for ten years, including: working with young people on a rehabilitation ward in a private psychiatric hospital; in residential community support for people with severe and enduring mental health problems and as a mental health advocate for Craven Advocacy.
I offer confidential counselling and work to the guidelines of the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I access counselling supervision in line with BACP guidelines via an external supervisor; your identity will be kept in confidence.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Childhood sexual abuse
Fifty minute sessions are charged at £50. Concessions may be available.
Please feel free to give me a call or e-mail about your particular needs.
Concessions offered for
I can offer short or long term work to suit your needs.
I am based in Sutton in Craven, easily accessed by car. Parking is immediately outside my property. It is a ten minute walk from the bus stop in the village.
All e-mail and phone messages are confidential and accessed solely be me.